Category Archives: Asia

The Masskara Festival in the City of Smiles, Bacolod City Comments Off on The Masskara Festival in the City of Smiles, Bacolod City

“One of the happiest festival in the country, the MassKara Festival rose from the gloom that enveloped the city in 1980s, a period of tragedy and economic dislocation.  During this period, the prices of sugar in the world market were at an all-time low. Negrenses, including Bacolenos, were in a crisis as the province only relied […]






Korea — Day 3 Part 2: Dongdaemun Market Comments Off on Korea — Day 3 Part 2: Dongdaemun Market

. (Digging out some old photos from my South Korea trip 2 years ago. ) The photos were taken when I was wandering around Dongdaemun Market. “Dongdaemun Market is located near its namesake of Dongdaemun (Great East Gate). Korea’s largest wholesale and retail shopping district has 26 shopping malls, 30,000 specialty shops, and 50,000 manufacturers. […]






Photowalk: Cebu City Carbon Market Comments Off on Photowalk: Cebu City Carbon Market

The Carbon Market is the oldest and biggest farmer’s market in Cebu City, located in the central Visayas region of the Philippines. Now over a hundred years old, the market was used to be the old Cebu Railway’s depot of coal. That is how the market got its name. The Carbon Market, known to be […]






Awa Odori: The Dance of the Fools 4

Awa Odori is a traditional dance festival originating in Tokushima City in 1586, when Lord Hachisuka Iemasa of Awa, the former name of Tokushima prefecture, hosted a celebration of the opening of Tokushima Castle. “The locals, having consumed a great amount of sake, began to drunkenly weave and stumble back and forth. Others picked up […]






Photowalk: Ginza, Shinbashi, and Akihabara 3

I met up with my friend Esa (aka @esa_raditya) last Sunday for a short photo walk. We walked from Ginza then down to Shinbashi, and hopped onto the Yamanote Line to Akihabara, where I also met Fernando (aka @HelloNavi) for the first time. Also on that day, I met my photo and geek friends Jose […]